Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) - HBW 13, p. 296
French: Souimanga asiatique
Spanish: Suimanga Asiático
Taxonomy: Certhia asiatica Latham, 1790, Gurgaon, Haryana, north India.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Has sometimes been considered to be part of a superspecies that also includes C. bouvieri, C. osea, C. oustaleti and C. talatala. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brevirostris (Blanford, 1873) - E Arabian Peninsula (N United Arab Emirates, N & C Oman), and SE Iran, E Afghanistan, Pakistan and W India (W Rajasthan and W Gujarat).
- asiaticus (Latham, 1790) - India (except W & E ), Nepal and Sri Lanka.
- intermedius (Hume, 1870) - E India (Assam S to Orissa and N Andra Pradesh) and Bangladesh E to Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan) and Indochina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 33 videos
A male feeding on nectar. Locality Mount Abu, Sirohi District, Rajasthan, India (ssp brevirostris)
Josep del Hoyo 19 February 2011 1 year ago 30 sec 4.7
A male feeding the chicks, in M.P.Shah Cancer Hospital. Locality Haripura, Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India
Bankim Desai 1 year ago 24 sec 4.5
A male building the nest . Locality Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 20 February 2013 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 9 sec 4.4
A male perched on a flower, feeding once and flying away. Locality Mount Abu, Sirohi District, Rajasthan, India (ssp brevirostris)
Josep del Hoyo 19 February 2011 1 year ago 24 sec 4.3
A Female Purple Sunbird is sucking flowers nectar Locality Kookherd District, Bastak County, Hormozgān Province, Iran
Ghaffar 7 June 2012 48 weeks ago 1 min 12 sec 4
A male moving and feeding on flowers. Locality Mount Abu, Sirohi District, Rajasthan, India (ssp brevirostris)
Josep del Hoyo 19 February 2011 1 year ago 19 sec 4
PhotosSee all 98 photos
A male moulting.
Locality Al Safa Park, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp brevirostris)
Fran Trabalon 2 January 2010 2 years ago 4.7
A male in breeding plumage
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
vasanthan.p.j 3 December 2011 1 year ago 4.4
A tiny dark purple bird with a small tail and a curved bill (diagnostic).
Locality Daly College, Indore, Indore District, Madhya Pradesh, India (Monotypic species)
Raghuvanshi Rajesh 8 August 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Small glossy purplish-black bird perched on the yellow flowers
Locality Al Sawadi, Al Batinah Governorate, Oman (ssp brevirostris)
David Dennison 17 November 2012 22 weeks ago 4.3
A female collecting fibres for the nest.
Locality Muscat Governorate, Oman (ssp brevirostris)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 40 weeks ago 4.3
Purple sunbird in monsoon - Stage I
Locality Bhilai, Durg District, Chhatisgarh, India (ssp asiaticus)
anurag3069 9 July 2011 1 year ago 4.3
A male singing. Locality Moti Virani, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 16 February 2011 1 year ago 4
Calls of male while feeding Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 2006 3 years ago 4
Alarm calls by male Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 2005 3 years ago 4
Calls of male, female and chick Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2006 3 years ago 4
Song Locality Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 12 February 2006 3 years ago 4
Calls Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 3 years ago 3.5